Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
Description of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
Welcome to Yoga Breaks in Spain!
We're so pleased you've found us as we've been organising yoga inspired holidays here on the sunny Alicante coast for over 10 years and still, we LOVE what we do!
We offer a range of yoga inspired holidays including these fabulous Yoga & Hiking Retreats where we get to show you our stunning scenery and where your body will be nurtured with twice daily yoga, tasty plant based seasonal cuisine, fabulous guided walks, our 'fun-but-good-for-you' optional activities, excellent company and the all essential 'me' time!
The Alicante coast has THE most breath taking scenery with 300+ days of sunshine a year. The quality of life here is so good it has been described as one of the healthiest places on Earth!
From the minute we leave the airport for the 45 minute drive along the coast you'll see stunning mountains tumbling down to the sea & lush green countryside courtesy of the mountain springs that keep this area fresh & green all year.
Being here in the sunshine amongst spectacular scenery & fresh sea air is a real tonic for the soul and we'd love to have the pleasure of sharing it with you!
Most of our guests come on their own so don't worry if you're thinking of coming solo - you'll be in great company!
Our Yoga & Hiking Retreats take place at a 300-year old olive farm not far from the sea in the coastal town of Altea, 45 mins north of Alicante.
The farm sits in a quiet spot with stunning views to mountains and yet we're an easy 10 minute stroll to the very pretty 'old town' of Altea. The sea can be reached in 25 mins.
The farm has been owned by the same local Spanish family for all 300 years with the current generation renovating it into a country house hotel with 22 spacious, well equipped en-suite rooms, a pool in the garden, restaurant, a light filled yoga shala, sauna & small gym and plenty of space in & out for us to all spread out & relax.
You'll meet the family during your stay as they're at the hotel every day making sure everything is 'just so'. We're so happy that between us - you & us- we're supporting a local family business. In fact, everyone who works on our retreats are local & so, by joining us, you're helping a number of families to keep doing what they love :))
There'll be two sessions of yoga on all days (except Sunday). We welcome keen beginners right up to the super flexi yogi feel stretched. You'll be taught by two super experienced teachers who'll take your body through carefully planned sessions ensuring that every part of your body is opened & stretched.
We teach Hatha yoga, slow flow vinyasa & super relaxing yin yoga too. We'll include plenty of breath work, alignment tips and we have a Meditation workshop too where we'll deep dive into this amazing technique.
Our first walk is an easy 13k 'Coast & Country' walk on country lanes towards the sea. This is the perfect start to the holiday and a great way to stretch your legs & explore what's nearby.
Our 2nd guided hike is in the nearby stunning mountains where we'll take you on one of our favourite trails. You'll be out for around 4-5 hours surrounded by awesome scenery, blue skies & fresh air. If we're lucky we may catch sight of eagles, choughs, red squirrels and maybe even wild boar. You'll have a picnic lunch to take with you which we'll stop to enjoy 'alfresco'. This is a wilderness walk in the mountains and so there could be loose scree and the occasional incline hence we feel this may not suitable for anyone with vertigo, serious knee problems or with a low fitness level. Anyone is very welcome to miss this or any of the walks if they wish.
There's also time for a self-guided easy walk along the coast to our neighbouring town where there's amazing sea views & time to pop into a tapas bar along way to take a breather & watch the world go by for a bit.
In between the yoga, hikes, eating & meditation there'll also be some 'fun-but-good-for-you' optional activities for guests at reasonable rates:
* join Chef in the kitchen for a Spanish Cookery Masterclass
* head out on a guided bike ride through stunning scenery
* book a therapy or two with our wellness team offering massages, facials & body treatments
* or simply, head to the beach, explore the nearby town & laze by the pool
We're very lucky to have an abundance of locally grown veggies & fruit available year round & so we'll nourish you with colourful tasty plant based cuisine .. though local fish is offered some nights for those that would like it.
Each retreat includes a bountiful brunch after morning yoga where you can help yourself to a selection of eggs, fresh Spanish tortilla, local cheeses, cold cuts, fresh fruits, wholesome cereals, yogurts, breads, pastries, teas & coffee.
We take supper at the hotel on 3 eves leaving 2 eves free for your taste buds to explore the local dining options as there's nothing like feeling on holiday than dining with the locals! We'll organise a meal out on one of these eves for those that would like to join us.
Gluten & dairy free diets are welcomed with advance notice.
2022 / 2023 RETREAT DATES
Because we are so passionate about delivering the best holiday experience we can, we deliberately limit the number of retreats we do as we want to give you our very best attention & care hence our retreats ONLY operate on these dates:
* March 31-5 Apr
* Apr 28-3 May
* Oct 6-11
* Oct 20-25
* March 23-28
* Apr 27-2 May
* Oct 5-10
* Oct 26-31
We never ask - nor expect - our solo guests to share & so everyone has their own en-suite room for a reasonable supplement of £75 for the week ( .. the lowest supplement we've ever seen for a retreat!) Of course, if you'd like to share with a friend, that's fine too.
* 5 nights in rural tranquility in your own spacious ensuite room.
* Optional airport transfer service (Alicante)
* Welcome circle on arrival day
* 3x 90 minute morning yoga sessions to open your body & senses to the day
* 4x 90 min evening yoga sessions to wind down and prepare for a great sleep
* Guided Coast & Country walk
* Guided Mountain hike with picnic lunch
* Time to head out for a self-guided walk to our neighbouring town
* Meditation workshop on Sunday eve in place of yoga
* Fresh fruits & tea each morning to help you slowly awaken
* Bountiful brunches each day
* 3-course plant based suppers on all but 2 evenings
* All yoga equipment - cleaned & ready for you
* Optional activities exclusively for our guests @ reasonable rates; Cookery workshop, Bike ride & lovely therapies
* Time each day for you to rest, reflect, snooze or explore nearby
* Services of our experienced Retreat Manager to ensure everything goes smoothly & so you don't have to lift a finger!
Thanks for reading! We'd love to answer any questions so please get in touch as it would be great to meet you now you've found us!
Our nearest airport is Alicante from where we offer a transfer service that leaves the airport on arrival day between 11.00 & 13.00 and arrive back at airport on final day for midday. Transfers take an hour & are €40 each way. We can arrange alternative transport for anyone arriving outside of our transfer times.
If you're travelling from the UK you can reach us with just 2 train changes from London St Pancreas to Alicante by boarding a Eurostar train to Paris then hop on the Metro to Paris Gare de Lyon to board a TGV train to Barcelona. At Barcelona, take a high speed RENFE train to Alicante. From Alicante train station you can either, take a cab to the airport & join our guest transfer (ask us for details), take a private taxi to us (around 1 hour along the motorway) or take the slow tram along the coast to us.
So this is us! Thanks for reading to the end. Hope we'll hear from you soon and even better - see you out here in sunny Spain for one of our lovely retreats :)
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9 Reviews of Yoga and walking holiday in Spain
Reviewed on 07 Apr 2022 by Mary Herlihy4 star Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Oct 2021 by Clare McAteerWonderful. Well organised and attention to detail. I will book again. Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Jun 2019 by Lynda PageExcellent yoga teachers, brilliant food and wonderful accommodation ! Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Nov 2018 by Wendy PeregrineThe most memorable part was the friendships made within the group. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2018 by Alessandra ManciniYoga and the relaxing and friendly organisation. A resurrection if you are tired or stressed. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2018 by Shaun StewartThere were several memorial moments--the yoga sessions with Nicole and Dionne learning a great deal; the hiking, particularly up into the neighbouring mountains to experience stunning views across valleys and plains out to the sea... Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2017 by Catherine HillierThe hike around the Puig Campana was spectacular! The twice daily yoga sessions were also fantastic: Nicole is a wonderful teacher and put on a variety of classes that were accessible to people of all ages/abilities. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jul 2012 by Wendy Hilary Evans LotheI really did so enjoy my morning yoga sessions and learnt a lot to help me on my yoga journey. The yoga terrace was perfect...I do not have any suggestions as to how it could be better. The level of yoga was just right...not too easy or too difficult. I would certainly come again. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 May 2012 by Sarah AdamThe most memorable part of the trip at to be the beautiful setting and air of peacefulness that we lived in for the few days. Read full review
PlanetPutting People & the Planet first.
Our holidays take place at carefully chosen little hotels owned by friendly local Spanish families who, together with our retreat team, employ only local people not just because they are local, but because they are the lifeblood of the area and bring local colour and information that you'll not find in guidebooks.
These lovely local people help our holidays come alive but, in the cold light of day, we realise that we/you help keep these families together as, without your/our support, they would most likely have to separate to find work elsewhere.
Ourselves & the hotels actively recycle cardboard , paper, plastic, cans and glass using special recycling containers which guests are encouraged to use too. In addition, guest bathrooms have large dispensers of toiletries rather than small plastic bottles which need replacing more frequently & would add to the amount of recycling. You’ll also have the option to re-use the towels & linen in your room which ultimately will save water, electricity, soap & labour.
In addition to the use of low consumption light bulbs, the majority of the electricity comes entirely from the sun as our hotels have solar panels. There also have water saving devices fitted to all taps & toilets to help reduce flow & conserve water.
You'll be gently reminded to be mindful of your water & energy usage during your stay. Little things can make a big, big difference such as closing windows if using the air con, taking a shower instead of a bath, switching off lights when not in your room, opting to re-use your towels & linen and taking only what is needed at meal times to avoid food waste - you can always come back for seconds if you're super hungry!, and bringing a re-useable water bottle to avoid buying water in plastic bottles when you're here.
We are blessed to have over 300 days of sunshine a year in this region of Spain and an abundance of underground fresh water springs originating from the awesome mountains nearby. This means we have a year round supply of locally grown sun ripened delicious Mediterranean fruits & veggies that we make good use of in our retreat menus that are predominantly plant based.
In addition, one of our retreat hotels has partnered with a local olive oil producer who uses traditional methods to produce the most delicious organic oil that we use in our menus. Plus, our local town of Altea hosts an annual Eco Fair bringing together local artisans to share their knowledge and products through educational workshops, tastings & demonstrations which of course helps to raise awareness of sustainable living methods.
By coming on our retreats not only do you help support local families & their businesses but you may also like to know that you are enabling us & our hotels to support a number of charities that help local families & individuals through practical & financial support.
Organisations such as; Corazon Express that provides local families with food, practical & financial advice, the local Rotary Club & Red Cross both of whom provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable in our communities together with donations to local animal rescue centres who rely completely on donations to continue their work of rescuing, caring for & rehoming animals.
We encourage guests to explore & immerse themselves into the Spanish way of life by dining at local restaurants & cafes, visiting the weekly markets and buying gifts from local artisans and producers. And, if there’s a local festival … everyone’s invited to immerse themselves and taste the Spanish love for fiestas!
Ultimately, through all our actions we aim to support local communities and leave a footprint that is as light as can be.